Is It True? - Is Apple Cider Vinegar As Healthy As They Say?
Yes! Here Are 14 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?
Hey it's Dean your Wellness Coach.
I'm sure you've heard the buzz about all the benefits of apple cider vinegar. Can all this hype be true? My wife and I have been using it for over a year and here is what our research has revealed.
It is very important that your apple cider vinegar is unfiltered, raw, organic, and with 'the mother'.
The Mother is what gives unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar its distinctive, cloudy appearance. It is full of antioxidants, important plant-based chemicals that help to promote new cell growth and can even help prevent cancer. It is also full of probiotics, which are important for the immune system by promoting healthy bacteria in the gut. NOTE: Clear and pasteurized vinegars typically do not contain the mother culture and don’t carry the same benefits.
Apple cider vinegar helps to moderate blood sugar levels, which is useful for people with diabetes. It works by partially blocking the digestion of starch. It also helps with health issues including heart problems, high cholesterol, and weight issues
There is evidence to suggest that apple cider vinegar may be instrumental in weight loss by activating specific genes to break down fat. It must be used in conjunction with exercise and healthy eating, however.
Apple cider vinegar can also be useful for alleviating acid reflux and indigestion. Contrary to popular belief, acid reflux is not necessarily a symptom of too much acid, but sometimes too little. Drinking apple cider vinegar with honey and water around half an hour before a big meal is likely to reduce symptoms of indigestion.
Although common sense says that apple cider vinegar must be acidic, it actually alkalizes. Because it can help restore the body’s pH balance in some individuals, apple cider vinegar can reduce acid reflux and heartburn.
According to “Apple Cider Vinegar and pH Balance,” since apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, many people use it as a disinfecting astringent to calm skin allergies. This may explain why people believe that its antioxidant qualities can treat gout, varicose veins and acne, ailments that have an inflammatory component.
14 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
1) Boosts Energy:
Exercise and sometimes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Interestingly, the amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar act as an antidote.
Do This: Add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water or to a glass of chilled vegetable drink to boost your energy.
2) Lower Cholesterol:
Studies reveal that the acetic acid in the vinegar could lower bad cholesterol. Also, a Japanese study found that half an ounce of apple cider vinegar each day lowered cholesterol.
The acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. Scientists also theorize that apple cider vinegar 'interferes' with the body's digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream.
4) Helps Control Blood Sugar:
Studies show that Apple cider vinegar could help keep your blood sugar levels balanced. One study of people with type 2 diabetes (who weren't taking insulin) found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed resulted in lower glucose levels by morning.
Another study at the Arizona State University found that insulin resistant people who drank a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water before eating a high carb meal had lower blood sugar afterward.
5) Helps Tummy Troubles:
For an upset stomach, add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with water. If a bacterial infection is at the root of your diarrhea, apple cider vinegar could help contain the problem, thanks to its antibiotic properties.
6) Soothes Sore Throat:
As soon as you feel a sore throat, take one teaspoon germ-busting apple cider vinegar to help head off the infection at the pass. Most germs can't survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates.
Do This: Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.
7) Prevents Indigestion:
Sip before eating, especially if you know you're going to indulge in foods that will make you sorry later.
Do This: Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink 30 minutes before your cheat meal.
8) Clears Stuffy Nose:
Apple cider vinegar contains potassium, which thins mucus; and the acetic acid in it prevents germ growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion.
9) Eliminates Dandruff:
The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow.
Do This: Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water in a spray bottle, and sprits on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week for best results.
10) Clears Acne:
Its antibacterial properties help keep acne under control, and the malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar soften and exfoliate skin, reduce red spots, and balance the pH of your skin.
11) Eliminates Night-time Leg Cramps:
Leg cramps can be a sign that you're low in potassium. Since one of the many benefits of apple cider vinegar is that it's high in potassium, thus leg cramps are diminished.
Do This: Mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon organic honey to a glass of warm water and drink to relieve nighttime leg cramps.
12) Control Bad Breath
Gargle with it, or drink a teaspoon diluted with water, to kill odor-causing bacteria.
13) Whitens Teeth:
Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning. The vinegar helps remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Brush as usual after you gargle.
14) Fades Bruises:
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties. dab or lay an apple cider vinegar compress on a bruise to help fade the discoloration.
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